April 5, 2007

At long last, the greenhouse is functioning. Sort of, mostly. There are 5 trays of seeds in there with a lot more to follow….even that small number represents a lot of work. 48 pots to a tray, 50 trays. Every single pot needs washing in soapy water with bleach. I make my own seed mix, peat moss and compost and perlite. All the ingredients get poured into a large trash can and the I try to mix it up with a shovel….it’s very heavy. Perlite is a volcanic product that poofs everywhere and has all the charms of fiberglass….just lovely. But after 5 days, I already have germination of my seeds. Two flats of tomatoes, with two seeds per pot……..a truly imposing amount of potential plants. What does anyone do with 200 tomatoes, after last year’s experience with about 60?? A flat and a half of peppers, eggplants…..those are the critical ones to get started early. Hopefully a month from now I’ll have some good-looking little plants to transplant.